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>> part of our month long look at working in america. "hard earned". fighting rages in yemen but the country's exiled president says he won't attend peace talks in geneva he. geneva. hello i'm john boehner dutton. in the next 30 minutes, ethiopia votes but systematic repression has made the vote a nonevent. and walking the line for peace. women activists cross between
north and south korea. u.n. brokered talks to end the war in yemen have been thrown into dark. the country's president, abd rabbu mansour hadi, says he won't take part unless houthi rebels pull back from territory they've seized throughout country. let's go live to hashem ahelbarra. he's not going why? >> reporter: jane, there has been long conversations between the u.n. envoy and him. they say they are a legitimate government so they say they should be the ultimate authority in the country. number two they would like to get guarantees from the international community that the houthis pull out before the
geneva talks and also stay away from politics and stay away from undermining the political process. if these demands are met then the president his government is going to go to geneva. if that is not met they don't see any reason to go to the talks. very delicate talks right now. president abd rabbu mansour hadi with the members of the political parties in saudi arabia today to try to convince them that geneva could be the last chance for diplomacy. >> any sign on the ground they might listen to this? quite a bit of lines are dropping about action between sites. >> reporter: this is a problem be jaip. i was speaking to ajane.
forces loyal to the president ali abdullah saleh in the coming days. what we are seeing is the houthis are reversing some of the gains made by the tribes men backing hadi. they are pushing and if they control those areas that would be a severe set back for government and for president hadi. >> thank you for that, hashem ahelbarra. let's stay with yemen. a burning object widely thought of to be a saudi jet has crashed in northern yemen. two remains of f-15 fuel tanks and part of unused missiles were found on the ground. no evidence was found of the main fuselage or the cockpit. we are hearing of mass graves in
myanmar. let's bring in florence loi from kuala lumpur. >> reporter: hi jane. the home ministry has confirmed that bodies have been found. now, along with the graves the home of malaysia, there were also some camps that looked as if they had been recently abandoned. he said the discovery was made late last week, from the inspector of police, deputy inspector of police are there now. it is near the thai border and they're conducting identification and verification process. they are not sure who these people are but they could very possibly be migrant refugees
trying to make their way into malaysia after discovery of mass graves. what they have been saying for years, this is the way people have been trafficked into the country and this discovery now confirms that. >> all right, thank you for that update on that knew that the myanmar government has confirmed that there are mass graves that have been discovered in the north of the country. i.s.i.l. has released photographs showing the black flag flown over palmyra. most of the antiquities have
been transferred to damascus. more than 36 million people have registered to vote in the regional and parliamentary poll. the ruling people's democratic front, the opposition parties have accused the government of silencing them. mohammad adow joins us from the ethiopiaian capitaltheethiopian capital addis ababa. mohamed. >> this is because the government has created new polling stations, there are 1600
polling stations in the capital loan. this say by the government, they are slur that huge groups of supporters will not convene in one place. voters in addis ababa only voting for national members of parliament and not local members of parliament, outside the capital. >> all right let's leave it there mohammad adow. we are going to stay with this story, speak with rachel nicholson, from amnesty international. via skype. they are talking about repression are we is -- is that
what we are seeing here? >> crack down of any form of dissent in the country. this is most visible when we look at the situation of political repression, crack down on independent media the arrest of bloggers, the reacht arrest of nine bloggers who are whether they be political are not last year we saw thousands of protesters, students arrested in the ami rferg region andamirregion and the thousands of protesters from the muslim community who have been protesting government interference in religious
affairs, for many years. thousands have been arrested and complaining of torture. >> why is this deemed necessary what do you put it down to? >> so this repression is really used to exert political control over the population. so i've mentioned cases the more visible case of political repression. but the government also uses assets to concert exert control over the population as a whole, to the access to job opportunities education opportunities and going alongside that, we also see widespread surveillance of electronics also in the community. so it's really used to ensure that no dissent or criticism is allowed in the country.
>> do you think anything positive could come out of this? >> these elections are an important moment because we are seeing that the world is looking at ethiopia today seeing how these elections are being conducted. it is a moment for key external actors to look at what the human rights situation is in the country. we have both the -- we have the african union observers who are on the ground observing elections. we have called upon them to observe the wider situation and a wakeup call i hope for the international community for the international donors who have pumped billions of dollars into the government, as to what reforms the ethiopian government are willing to bring in to ensure greater rights of their people what access they are going to allow the international
community. >> good to have you on the show, rachel nicholson. thank you. zedi feruzi and his bodyguard were killed, his death follows weeks of protest against president pierre nkurunziza's decision to run for reelection. haru mutasa has more. >> he remembers exactly what happened. >> i heard the first bang. after the second one i started running. the third explosion that injured me. >> lydia was helping her mother sell vegetables. >> all i can do is pray to god. he is the one who can help us.
he is the reason why i survived. >> reporter: healthy workers several were killed on the attack on friday, opposition members blame the government militia. >> i was shocked. even burundians are crying what is happening in burundi. we are all burundians, we can't continue. >> some people are still upset and afraid. the market where the explosion happened is now quiet when president pierre nkurunziza announced he was running for a third term which violates the constitution. there's been a military coup attempt that failed. now it seems public places are no longer safe. the police say that they are
investigating. people who saw what happened say the grenades were thrown into this part of the market. there was lots of screaming and shouting, people ran away leaving behind what they were selling. only worsened the political crisis here, and the violence will get worse the closer to the presidential election it gets. united nations refugee agency has moved hundreds of burundian refugees. 200,000 burundians have said to have left the country since april. coming up you superrich
u.n. talks over yemen are in doubt. the country's country's country's exiled president will not attend. the country's ruling party in kenya is expected to remain in power. have to be transported across the country by bus over the demilitarized zone. caroline malone reports. >> reporter: an hisk moment historic moment for peace activists. had to take a bus but crossing the demilitarized zone is
unusual. the. >> we didn't think it was going to be possible to cross the dmz. >> the group of 30 women come from 15 different countries including two nobel peace price winners, and gloria steinem. north korea is one of the most isolated countries in the world. the north and south split 70 years ago there was an all out war in the '50s and the demill demilitarized zone was established between the two. the u.n. imposed sanction he against north korea when it
began testing nuclear weapons. some observers don't think this event will help. >> these kind of things generate attention but don't change north korea's policies. north korea has a long standing record of pretty severe abuses of human rights. i don't see the cause or relationship between this and north korean change. are they going to release people from jail because of this protest? i don't think people seriously believes this, that's why many are skeptical of the march. >> but they are supporting it, including u.s. president barack obama to disagree on a lasting peace deal. caroline malone, be al jazeera. >> two poss in helmond have been captured, police are trying oget them back. regular targets they are often
poorly manned and vulnerable. after decades of war afghanistan is facing a serious energy crisis, the end of nato fuel subsidies have made the situation more. jennifer glasse has more. >> needs his family of 12 but he thinks he won't have a job for much longer. >> with eight hours of electricity a day now we used to have 24. there were 100 people working here now there are only 12. >> reporter: mohamed says losing his job could force him to be a fighter for taliban or to crime anything to make money. residents get only four hours of electricity, two hours at a time. there are sporadic outages but city residents basically have full time power.
power problem here wasn't always this bad. it's gotten a lot worse since the nato withdrawal. >> when american forces canadian forces were here, we had be 50 megawatts power. when they left, the decrease power also lost, the people, no power. >> some of that electricity come from this 10 megawatt zeal diesel plant that is now silent. they can only cover 10% of the cost of fume. in the control room, abdalla is doling out power to the kandahar neighborhood. the lights go out because of a shortage in the power grid.
it is quickly reset. kandahar's power grid is unstable but the city has to find a power source. afghanistan missed a golden opportunity because the international community didn't invest well. >> translator: it's clear that the money was spent with long term minds we wouldn't have spent it on these generators. electric plants and after that solar winds. >> tens of millions of dollars the government doesn't have. in the meantime, the people of kandahar have to make do as best they can. jennifer glasse, al jazeera kandahar. >> shutting down any foreign ngos they thy are undesirable. but the u.n. has criticized the
move. many billionaires are funding ukraine's military. president petro poroshenko is accused of not doing enough, despite the pledge to ending corruption. andrew simmons has the details. >> in the distance, there's shelling. and tanks are close to the front line. two blatant breaches of the minsk ceasefire. it is another average day of these ukrainian volunteers in their standoff against pro-russian separatists regular armies conventional warfare are terms that would hardly best describe so many forces from opposite sides. there's very little conventional about it. put simply, if it wasn't for funding from a billionaire
oligarch the nepra 1 unit may never have existed. the battalion's commanders experiencing the glitz of rich living. they are here to receive bravery awards. but they are not medals. they are an exclusive collection of swiss watches said to be worth more than $30,000 u.s. each. presented by ukrainian mp who was an advisor to igor and president petro poroshenko accuse him of running his own private army. kolymiski ordered overall control of the country. president is also an oligarch
with a big company selling chocolates and he is critical. >> why does his business still work in russia. if we speak about the oligarchs it shouldn't be about the individuals but the whole system. >> reporter: it's a system where all of ukraine's oligarchs have their own tv station. the one here not surprisingly belongs to kolimoiski. >> they can capitalize on it. they can use the department to enrich themselves. we need to break these ties. >> back near the so-called ceasefire lines they continue troop rotations. with the possibility of war
resuming that is a big distraction of ukraine's political system. andrew simmons, al jazeera ukraine. >> judge ruled in cleveland highway that officer michael brelo acted within his legitimate police authority. shootings in the u.s. by police where the victims were black. there is more protest in guatemala. more than a dozen political members have been arrested because of corruption.
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design spaceiskisticdesign. headlights that swivel as the car turns the corner and the suspension system that cushions the bumpiest of roads. >> it was really something knew in the car world. if you drive it, it was like floating in a boat on a road. >> reporter: the car also embodies a more confident and optimistic era and if in these uncertain times that's very seductive. jacky rowland, al jazeera south of paris. >> singer mansel maloe beat all
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